Igorots in Reality are way far from some illustrations in children’s book. Watch this video to know how.
The earth is boiling inside. It is evidenced by the boiling surface as shown in the photo. The Locals call it “Badekbek”. It means Bubbling due to Boiling.
When I was younger, this Badekbek was not alone. I mean, there was not one boiling surface then. There was at least three. One which was ten meters away from the other. And One which was located at the other side of the Mountain.
But the two holes merged and became this huge one. It is still not as steady. Lately, it was observed to be creating a wider opening.
It is Hot at Boiling Point. There were victims who accidentally slipped their foot on the opening and got amputated. And animals like cows drown and vanish. It can even cook eggs in an instant.
It is a wonder! You cannot see such just anywhere. That wide earth opening with boiling mud in it is found only in Badekbek. And it cures skin disease too. When the mud cools down, you can use it as an ointment for your skin. It is a natural Sulfur.
But Expect it to have that smell too. Accordingly, some visitors describe it as if it is a rotten egg.
Badekbek is located at the Mountains of the Cordillera Administrative Region in the Philippines. The Barangay is Called Daklan, which is a part of Bokod Municipality, Benguet Province.
Most tourists gets to pass by it after a trip to Mount Pulag because it is near Ambangeg – (the gateway to Mt Pulag). No fees are collected when you want to see this wonder. You may also want to pass by the Ambuklao Dam after.
It is also a good spot for photo shoots. I was able to profile candidates of a Local Pageant here with the Badekbek as a background.